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Comment: Excellent marketing! (Score 5, Insightful) 187

by caffeinemessiah (#44751131) Attached to: Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density
So a private, for-profit company named "Coverity" has released a report that shows that their "Coverity Scan" software finds the fewest vaguely-defined "defects" in a programming language whose community has added the "Coverity platform" product to their development process? I was about to say "excellent marketing" by writing a fluff piece for free Slashdot traffic, but it's really not even excellent marketing.

Comment: Re:Debunked (Score 5, Insightful) 306

by caffeinemessiah (#34944508) Attached to: Facebook Images To Get Expiration Date
This can be debunked quite easily: once an image is decrypted, it is forever decrypted. Alternatively, all I have to do is comment on your post of the image with the key I just downloaded for it while it was still valid. Even more alternatively, I could set up a counter-service to this that stores retrieved keys permanently and hands them out publicly. Unless the service is refreshing the image data every single day with a new key, in which case: (a) they will run out of bandwidth and CPU in a week, (b) they will hit facebook's limits very very soon, and (c) I still have copies of yesterday's encrypted data and yesterday's key.

Oh yes, and your friends will not be able to see your pictures unless they download a plugin ("huh...what's that??"), and possibly use a specific browser ("huh? why?").

So yeah, pretty stupid overall. This is another sad attempt at a form of DRM.

Comment: disingenuous? (Score 5, Insightful) 465

by caffeinemessiah (#34928642) Attached to: Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report
So using an MS or MS-compatible (thanks to years of aggressive marketing by MS) stack is less expensive in terms of training time than inserting a piece of open-source software into that stack and trying to make everything work? Interesting...next up, replacing my car's wheels with motorcycle wheels makes it take longer for me to get to places. Perhaps I should just get the entire motorcycle instead?

Comment: not so... (Score 3, Insightful) 164

by caffeinemessiah (#33854172) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For the First Time

and spaceflight bragging rights for years afterward

Hopefully, this won't turn out to be true. Brag in the short term, you bourgeois pig, but I'm still among the idealistic holdouts, with thousands of dollars in my hand waiting in line to sign up, who believe in Virgin Galactic and economies of scale.

Comment: Re:H3rb41 V14gr4? (Score 3, Insightful) 162

by caffeinemessiah (#33830136) Attached to: Spammers Using Soft Hyphen To Hide Malicious URLs

I never got the leet speak in spam thing. Sure, it might get past the filter, but who can read it? Are they trying to sell drugs to script kiddies?

I don't know about you, but I can't stop trying to figure out what word they're trying to represent with the symbols. For example, I know the second word in your subject means viagra, but what is "H3rb41"? Oh..."herbal". It's naturally (perhaps unknowingly) targeted towards geeks and puzzle-solvers, which perhaps isn't the worst market to target available-without-human-contact penis drugs towards.

Comment: Re:Earthlink? Network Solutions? (Score 4, Insightful) 170

by caffeinemessiah (#33800656) Attached to: Cryptome Hacked; All Files Deleted

and you're an idiot if you post anything there expecting to be anonymous.

Why? If I really wanted to post something anonymously, I would set up a network of proxy SSH severs paid for with prepaid debit cards (purchased using cash), change the wireless MAC on a throwaway secondhand laptop (purchased using cash off Craigslist), walk down to the local Starbucks, access my proxy setup through Tor, and then be reasonably confident that I would be able to do anything anonymously. Of course, I would only post plain text files.

So I don't really understand why you would be an idiot for expecting anonymity if you went to the pains of taking care of it.

Comment: Re:Of course the big irony here is... (Score 3, Insightful) 485

by caffeinemessiah (#33717772) Attached to: Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

... that cameras are not allowed in many/most court rooms.

It's not ironic because there is an expectation of privacy in a courtroom. Hypothetical: I accuse you of being a pedophile, procure tons of evidence against you, which I display in court. Sure, the case gets thrown out (maybe I face charges myself, but I'm reckless that way), but someone videotapes the proceedings, edits out the juicy bits and puts it up on youtube without context. Pretty sure your life's ruined.

If my fate's being determined, that's between me, the lawyers, the defendant/plaintiff, and the judge/jury.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"

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